Free Concerts Tuesday and Thursday
The last two free summer concerts in Essex County parks occur this week in Newark.
Enjoy the Free……………..I too regard jazz as the classical music of the United States. Of course, a lot of people don't much care for classical music, but Newark has quite a lot of jazz, including WBGO, which modestly calls itself "The World's Premier Jazz Radio Station, NYC and Newark" on the title bar of its website. I rarely listen to music, except sometimes in the car. I have two favorite stations on selector buttons, WBGO (88.3 FM: American classical music — jazz) on 1 and WQXR (96.3 FM: European classical music) on 6 (just below 1, the buttons closest to the steering wheel), and rarely listen to anything else. Fortunately, it usually works out that when one of them has talk (WQXR takes commercials; BGO is Public Radio, so its talk is noncommercial), the other has music. Usually. So I just punch the other button. At the top of the hour, they both have talk, so the radio goes off for 5 minutes or so, until I feel safe turning it back on.
Essex County Free Summer Music Concert Series
Free Summer Music Concert Series. Upcoming concerts feature jazz by Carrie Jackson & Jazzin All Star Trio, Tuesday, 8/25 at 7 pm Weequahic Park, Meeker Avenue/Elizabeth Avenue, Newark, and Latin Rhythms by La Fuerza Positiva, Thursday, 8/27 at 7 pm Riverbank Park, Market St. Newark. * * *
Carrie Jackson is a native of Newark who began her career singing in the children’s choir at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Newark. An accomplished band leader and vocalist, her style is reminiscent of Newark’s great jazz history. She has recorded several CDs, including "The Nearness of You" and "If I Had My Way."
"Support Live Jazz.....
America's Classic Art Form"
There are some audio clips of Carrie and crew online. (That link takes you to one of those websites that do not allow you to go to the prior page via the back arrow, so you might want to finish this blog entry before you listen to her clips.) The bio at that webpage says:
Carrie attributes her vocal style of singing to her mentors, the Great Ladies of Jazz, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, and Carmen McRae, but, Carrie truly has a Jazzin' style that is uniquely her own.Sarah Vaughan was also born in Newark. Who knows? Maybe someday there will be a "Carrie Jackson Way" somewhere in Newark, as there is now a Sarah Vaughan Way, on the part of Center Street on which NJPAC fronts.
Ms. Jackson is a busy woman. I also received notice that she'll be appearing at the Lenox Lounge in Harlem, but very far from free.
CARRIE JACKSON & JAZZIN’ ALL STARS
Lou Rainone, pn, Steve Freeman, bs
Gordon Lane, drums
Fri. Aug. 28, & Sat. Aug. 29, 2009
Harlem’s Historic Lenox Lounge
Jazz Club ~ Bar ~ Restaurant
Weekends – Zebra Room
3 Shows 9:00 p.m. 10:30 p.m. 12:00
$20.00 cover per set plus (2) drink minimum
288 Lenox Ave / Malcolm X Blvd
(between 124th & 125th streets)
Harlem, New York 10027 (212) 427-0253
SUPPORT LIVE JAZZ & KEEP THE LEGACY ALIVE
La Fuerza Positiva started in the Bronx in the fall of 1997. Initially, a group of musicians in recovery came together to play music, as a way to focus their energies and contribute to the community. The core members, Afro-Cuban and Latino rhythm musicians, joined forces with a bassist and pianist who specialized in R&B, Rock and Jazz. Soon, a horn section was added. This combination led to the unique and classic sound of the group.
La Fuerza Positiva has a vision — put forth a positive message with their music. Playing traditional salsa, these talented and dedicated musicians have made a name for themselves throughout the metropolitan area. Wherever they play, the crowds get up to dance. Their music is infectious, passionate, and filled with good vibes.
These basketball courts were not in use when I was by, in the middle of a pleasant April business day. But I suppose they are pretty well utilized much of the time.